• A Weekend in Salvador, Brazil

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    It has been cloudy and raining in Joinville for weeks, almost months. There is a strong El Niño effect this year, and while it is creating drought conditions in most of Brazil, here in the south we are experiencing nothing but clouds and rain. Joinville normally gets a fair amount of rain. Situated between the coast and the the Dona […]

  • Wine Country Tours in Brazil’s Vale dos Vinhedos

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    We first arrived to Brazil about 10 months ago. I struggled to find a Brazilian wine I could tolerate. You see, I grew up in Northern California on the doorsteps of Napa Valley, and I consider myself a bit of a wine snob. I do not claim to be an expert on wine, but I do have my preferences. I usually prefer a good Pinot Noir […]

  • Visiting Brasilia

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    Brasilia is not only the capital city of Brazil (and some say the workplace of some of the most blatantly crooked politicians in the world!), but it is also home to amazing architecture and great art museums. When we planned this trip we told our Brazilian friends about it. Almost all asked us why we would visit Brasilia with great disdain. […]

  • The Wonderous Foz do Iguaçu

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    “I don’t want to leave. This is a magical place – let’s go pet the unicorns”. I was laughing – but then saw the serious look on her face.  It was our final day visiting the Iguassu waterfalls and we just didn’t want to leave.   How many times have you read or heard about iconic sites that you shouldn’t miss?   Yet, sometimes you […]

  • The Greatest Drink in the World

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      Working behind the simple plastic table, the beach bartender’s hands move with the efficient speed born from hours of repetitive practice. The mashing of the lime, the quick, unmeasured scoops of sugar, and then that oh so magical elixir – cachaça! Cachaça, the powerful firewater distilled from cane sugar native to Brazil. Ice is added and the drink shaken […]

Touring the Florida Keys

Touring the Florida Keys

Morning contemplation The first time Dale and I went down to the Florida Keys we were young and hadn’t met each other yet. It was a blast. We both have great yet fuzzy memories of drinking too much and spending our evenings in Key West on Duval Street. Flash forward 10-15 years and we are not quite as interested in […]

Visiting Siesta Key, Florida

Visiting Siesta Key, FloridaSnorkeling Siesta Key

Siesta Key is the most famous barrier island in the Sarasota area. It boasts Siesta Beach which has been rated the #1 beach in the United States in 2015 by Trip Advisor. The Travel Channel also rated the sand at Siesta Beach the best sand in America. But there is more to Siesta Key than just Siesta Beach. We stayed […]

Lagunas Altiplanticas

Lagunas Altiplanticas

In front of Laguna Miscanti Never have we visited a place in which the landscape looked more like a beautiful painting. The Lagunas Altiplanticas were stunning to say the least. This tour was a highlight of our time in the Atacama Desert. Panorama of the volcanoes surrounding the Laguna Meniques The Lagunas Altiplanticas are three spectacular lakes that are located […]

El Tatio Geyser Tour

El Tatio Geyser Tour

We have mixed feelings about this place. If you have ever visited Yellowstone National Park, El Tatio Geysers may leave you feeling a little let down – at least at first. What started out as the most miserable tour we took in the Atacama Desert turned out to be a wonderful experience that we recommend experiencing for yourself. Early morning […]

Lordy, Lordy, Looks Who’s 40!

Lordy, Lordy, Looks Who's 40!

Me and my dad – around 40 years ago! It’s hard to believe that I am 40. I feel like I’m in my 20’s, except for when I hurt myself, drink too much and have a three day long hangover, or get sick. Then I’m like, yeah, old. I even forgot about my upcoming birthday until my husband reminded me and […]